Winter 2013/Colorado Springs
C. Van Engen & M. Hopkins
MT520: BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MISSIONS. Mark Hopkins & Chuck Van Engen
DESCRIPTION: A central theme of the Scriptures is the mission of God (missio Dei) as related to the present and coming Kingdom of God. Students will study the Bible from the perspective of God's mission, from the beginning of time to its consummation. The course is designed to give the students a biblical, theological, missiological and praxeological foundation for reflection and action in the church and in society. The course examines the story of God's actions in and through history, establishing a covenant relationship with the People of God redeemed and called to be God's instruments among and for the nations. This involves continuity with the Old Testament expectation and New Testament fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is viewed as the "hinge of history," the Great Commission as the culmination of Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as the climactic event that creates the Church. From Pentecost onward the mission of the Church can be viewed eschatologically because the glorious appearing of the Kingdom and our Lord's coming marks the end of the Church's mission.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: As a result of this course the student will
COURSE FORMAT: MT520A will meet for the second week of a required two-week intensive residency for the MA in Global Leadership from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will do pre-seminar readings (read Glasser and Fee/Stuart) and assignments. MT520B will involve post-seminar readings and completion of Bible reading and summarization, outside reading and reports, and assignments in the students' ministry contexts after they return home.
REQUIRED READING: A total of 1,250 pages:
The Bible (a minimum of 50 chapters of the Bible are to be read, equivalent of 100 pages). Students will read 5 chapters each for Part A: from the Pentateuch, Historical Writings, Poetic Literature, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets; and 5 chapters each for Part B: from the Gospels, Acts, Pauline Literature, General Epistles and Revelation.
Glasser, Arthur F., Charles E. Van Engen, Dean S. Gilliland, and Shawn Redford. Announcing the Kingdom. Baker, 2003. ISBN: 9780801026263. Pub.price $30.00.
Four Additional Required Texts to be read in this order:
Fee, Gordon, and Douglas Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Zondervan, 2003. ISBN: 9780310246046. Pub.price $16.99.
Montgomery, Helen. The Bible and Mission (Chapters 1&2; FREE - available in class)
Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God. InterVarsity, 2006. ISBN: 9780830825714. Pub.price $40.00.
Newbigin, Lesslie. Open Secret. Eerdmans, 1978, 1995. ISBN: 9780802808295. Pub.price $18.00.
Supplemental Reader includes both required and recommended readings. Recommended readings are for the students' self-study, enrichment, and resourcing; particularly to help students prepare for writing the paper, and for greater understanding of the course material.
Bright, John. The Kingdom of God. Abingdon, 1957. ISBN: 9780687209088. Pub.price $27.00.
Gallagher, Robert L. and Paul Hertig, eds. Mission in Acts. Orbis, 2004. ISBN: 9781570754937. Pub.price $34.00.
Kaiser, Walter C. Mission in the Old Testament. Baker, 2000. ISBN: 9780801022289. Pub.price $13.99.
Ladd, George, E. The Gospel of the Kingdom. Eerdmans, 1959. ISBN: 9780802812803. Pub.price $14.00.
Nissen, Johannes. New Testament and Mission. Peter Lang, 2006. ISBN: 9783631560976. Pub.price $36.95.
Padilla, René. Mission Between the Times. Eerdmans, 1985. ISBN: 9780802800572. Pub.price $20.00.
Shenk, Wilbert, ed. The Transfiguration of Mission. Herald, 1993. ISBN: 9780836136104. Pub.price $19.99
Van Engen, Gilliland, and Paul Pierson, eds. The Good News of the Kingdom. Orbis, 1993. ISBN: 9780883448632. Pub.price $21.00.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
MT520A (Winter 2013)
MT520B (Spring 2013)
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Grades are given only for completed work; due to the nature of the course, partial work is not accepted.
PREREQUISITES: This course is only available to those who are accepted into the MA in Global Leadership.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: A required course for the Cohort portion of the MA in Global Leadership. NO AUDITORS.
FINAL EXAMINATION: None.
NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.